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March 13, 2015

Vitaly Milonov has called the camp contest a 'blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay'

A Russian lawmaker has condmned the Eurovision Song Contest after he failed to get enough support for a boycott of what he calls a 'Sodom show'.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ban on 'gay propaganda', called for Russia's Eurovision selection committee to boycott this year's contest held in Vienna in May.

He has described the contest as a 'Europe-wide gay parade'.

March 12, 2015

The Austrian-born Eurovision icon shares her top tips on her glorious home city

Singer Conchita Wurst was the triumphant winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held last May in Copenhagen.

Here, she shares her personal Vienna tips, from her favourite place to eat to her favourite place to shop, ahead of this year's contest in the splendid city.

The Eurovision Song Contest will takes place at the Wiener Stadthalle indoor arena from the 19-23 May 2015.

March 12, 2015

Gay Star News teams up with Austrian Airlines for AMAZING giveaway

Gay Star News has teamed up with Austrian Airlines to give one lucky reader and a loved one the chance to go to Vienna for the Eurovision Song Contest.

You and a friend will attend the second Semi Final of the popular music event, now in its 60th year.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Vienna following Austrian-born Conchita Wurst's triumphant win in Copenhagen last year.

March 10, 2015

European city celebrates hosting music competition with touring multimedia show

The Vienna Tourist Board is to bring its touring multimedia installation to London in anticipation of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The specially-commissioned ViennaSphere artwork, which celebrates 60 years of Eurovision as well as 150 years of the Ringstrasse boulevard, will enjoy a three-day residency at London's Somerset House from 2-4 April.

March 5, 2015

It might not be a Minogue, but what do you think of the pick?

Australia has chosen its first ever representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, and they're not messing around.

Guy Sebastian, one of the most successful winners of Australian Idol, will perform on behalf of the country in Vienna this May.

His debut single 'Angels Brought Me Here' was the highest selling song in Australia last decade.

The title of the track that he will perform is scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sebastian said: 'It's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.

February 11, 2015

Read the most hilarious responses to Australia competing in the campest contest ever

Australia is to compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

The country, which is not exactly in Europe, will enter an artist, perform and vote on the grand final in Vienna this year.

This is a 'historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage', said Michael Ebeid, managing director of SBS, which will broadcast the live-show in May.

January 15, 2015

  One-stop travel shop returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and these are just some of the experts, organisations and friends of Gay Star News who will be on hand to make the event a day to remember...

Atlantic Pride – the gay cruise line specialists will be offering GSN readers a special discount on their 2016 cruise from the Caribbean to the Canaries.

January 9, 2015

To be in with a chance of winning, register your attendance at the Expo (taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on 17 January 2015 – and attendees at the event could be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Vienna in May, to experience the Eurovision Song Contest.

The prize includes Economy Class tickets for two people from London Heathrow to Vienna and back again (winner and guest must travel together), valid on and courtesy of Austrian Airlines.

January 6, 2015

Rise like a phoenix for GSN's travel event – taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Vienna.

The Austrian capital – which is also the host of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, following Conchita Wurst's triumphant win at last year's show in Copenhagen – will be just one of the exhibitors at the expo.

December 29, 2014

The Eurovision winner and drag performer says he would like to try and better understand the Russian leader

Conchita Wurst – the bearded drag queen who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year – has said that he wants to visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Wurst is the creation of 26-year-old, Austrian performer Thomas Neuwirth. In an interview with the German-language Kurier, Neuwirth, who is gay, said that he felt sure that he could find common ground with Putin if the two spent time together.

December 23, 2014

From Spanish bears and Swedish sportsman to gay girls of the Med – who will you be partying with next year?

Party around the globe with our round up of 2015's biggest and best gay events, from parties and prides to festivals to games!

Sydney Mardi Gras – 20 Feb-8 March
An undoubed queer rite of passage, Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most well-attended LGBTI events in the world. So much so, at last year's event, 4000 revelers were turned away from the parade to keep it under its 4-hour allotted time slot. Next year's is the 37th anniversary: the parade takes place on Sunday 22 February.

November 9, 2014

The song is distributed by the singer's new record company, Sony Music Austria

Conchita Wurst released a single today (8 November).

Heroes is the Austrian's first single since winning the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the site Directlyrics, the drag queen star's single is on iTunes and is distributed by Sony Music Austria.

Heroes is to be part of an unnamed upcoming album.

August 20, 2014

From one drag queen to another: 'The Jesus look isn't my cup of tea'

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio is known for her reads, and now Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is in her rolodex of hate.

The season six star and insult comic was on Joan Rivers’ online show when she was asked about the Austrian drag queen.

‘You’ve all seen Conchita, very feminine, very pretty, and with a beard!’ Rivers said.

‘I found him slash her…repellent…and others go insane for her! What do you think of Conchita?’

July 10, 2014

Drag star Conchita Wurst becomes fashion royalty after closing Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture fashion show in Paris

Austrian drag star Conchita Wurst was given one of the biggest ever honours in the fashion world, when she closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris couture runway show yesterday (9 July).

Conchita Wurst, who famously won the Eurovision Song Contest in May this year, was chosen by the legendary French designer to close his Autumn/Winter 2014 couture show in Paris.

June 14, 2014

GSN was there in Switzerland's largest city to talk to lesbian mayor Corine Mauch and many others about the 'unstoppable' march to equality

Europe is a continent divided.

With the west and north generally in support of gays, and the south and the east mostly not, countries in the middle like Switzerland are a battleground for civil rights.

Fighting for equal marriage, and for gay couples to adopt children, the LGBTI Swiss are hoping to sway public opinion to their side.

And if events like Zurich Pride continue to be held, then equality cannot be too far away.

May 22, 2014

Gay-friendly vodka, meat-lovers Mecca and The Bastard… The gastronomic greatness of Malmö, in a nutshell

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city is the capital of the Skåne region – a fast-growing, multicultural city loves for its picturesque seaside and gastronomic diversity.

The city is known locally and internationally for its large renowned universities, charming beach huts and the Öresundbridge made famous by the TV series The Bridge. It is less than 30 minutes connection to Denmark over the sea and definitely worth viewing.

May 15, 2014

British lesbian artist says while it is great political points are made, she says she could never see herself representing the UK

English lesbian singer and actress Heather Peace has said UK artists shouldn’t bother entering the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 38-year-old artist, who found fame on Waterloo Road and Lip Service, has revealed she would never dare enter into as the UK representative to the camp competition.

Peace is about to release her second album, The Thin Line.

‘You might as well not bother if you’re British,’ she told Gay Star News.

‘You’re going in knowing there’s absolutely no chance, what’s the point?’

May 13, 2014

Politicians call to create new contest, the 'Voice of Eurasia', where 'gay culture' will be explicitly banned

Russia could be pulling out of the Eurovision Song Contest to create their own competition where ‘gay culture’ will be banned.

A lawmaker has called on the country to stop participating in the contest to create the ‘Voice of Eurasia’.

‘The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,’ Valerii Rishkin, a Community Party MP said.

‘We must leave this contest immediately, it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness.’

He alleges Russia spends up to €40 million ($55 million) on Eurovision.

May 13, 2014

Man was called 'faggot' while dressed up as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Meet Rhodri Philips, a reporter for The Sun.

While he spends most of his days writing up the news for the UK tabloid, he decided to don a dress and wig to go out as Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

This was in direct response to the homophobic leaders in Russia who voiced their outrage about the drag queen.

Visiting the Russian Embassy, he writes: ‘One man shouted “faggot” at me as I tottered towards the complex.

‘And when I arrived, a Met police officer standing outside asked if he could take down my particulars.

May 12, 2014

'This is NOT SHADE', Cher says as she pays tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winner

US wig aficionado Cher has got some advice for Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst in the wig department.

It needs improving.

The Dark Lady singer and living legend described the Austrian singer and future gay icon as someone she respected and admired.

She said: ‘#Eurovision Winner is Fascinating 2 Pieces of Advice..U Deserve a Lovelier Name & Wig This is NOT SHADE I Respect & AdmireYour Resolve.’

May 12, 2014

'Queen of Austria' triumped over Russian politicians and petitions who called for her removal from the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest and drag superstar Conchita Wurst is at the top of the iTunes chart… in Russia.

Despite several lawmakers and petitions calling for her removal from the competition, it appears Russian music lovers have no problem with a bearded lady.

One politician even described Wurst winning was a sign of the ‘end of Europe’.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 11, 2014

Conchita's win gives Austria its second Eurovision Song Contest victory

Conchita Wurst, Austria's drag queen star, won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the Associated Press, her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix was a hit with the juries and European viewers.

Wurst is renowned for her ‘bearded lady’ look.

May 11, 2014

A new LGBTI star is born at Eurovision

For much of the Eurovision song contest, LGBTI fans hoped, rather than believed, Conchita Wurst could win the competition for Austria.

The bearded drag artiste clearly gave one of the performances of the night with stunning vocals of her James Bond-esque song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.

However, in amongst the sea of rainbow flags that were being waved in the arena, there were doubts that victory would materialize when it came to the votes, especially from Eastern European countries who previously tried to get her banned.